2005 Birthdays Korea

sikander in korea

“happy birthday” from my cell phone. wow, sikander, thank you. the cell phone showed a local phone number so i guessed sikander was using an operator to connect me. “heajoo, stay at the place where bikes are… outside of your post office building”. hmmm o.k, so i went outside and there now i am standing here. “hmmm are you making a surprise for me sikander? i am in korea, far away from canada. what surprise can you make for me? i doubt if any surprise can surpass my last birthday surprise”. it was so so cold where i was standing outside of my post office building.

soon i saw a guy walking toward me in black jacket and pants… my eyes are deceiving me. it can’t be sikander.. it can’t be him.. there is no way sikander is walking toward me in korea. he is in canada, of course. wow, very realistic dream. i will talk about this dream to sikander later when i get home. he would say “i wish i could do that”. but i can’t wake myself up and my dream seems to continue. and sikander walked up to me and said “hi heajoo, happy birthday”. i couldn’t speak properly and everything seemed to stop. i asked him if this is real and he came closer to me and said it is not dream, it is real.

yes, it was real. unbelievably real. sikander left korea just a few hours ago. he stayed here 12 days with me in korea. when sikander came to my office, i couldn’t believe it, and now he is gone to canada, and i can’t believe it either. oh someone tell me everything from 13th january was real and even now is real.


if i ask sikander when was the best day in korea i am sure he would say “everyday, lunato” but if i say “no, you should choose only one day” then he would choose last saturday as the best and so would i. after our strawberry milk and yogurt breakfast, we went to visit the old palace in north downtown seoul. contrary to western concept of downtown, we have many downtowns in seoul. i like the north downtown the most. it shows the very good harmony between old and new, calm and busy.

since it was saturday, we meet a lot of korean and foreigners there. oh, speaking of foreigners.. it is funny how sikander slowly changed his attitude as a foreigner here. unlike westerner who are sick and tired of immigrants, foreigners are relatively rare here and koreans are willing to help them to give them a good impression. sikander, in his early days in korea, was so helpless and scared as a different one here but soon he realized people are doing him favors a lot. later when we had to ask for someone’s favor he said “no no, i will ask for it”. omg, he is learning so fast. i don’t like to be with sikander here in korea. people are treating him special but not to me :(:(

after old palace we walked to Insadong where a lot of gallaries, antique shops, restaurants are gathered together. we had so many different street vendor’s food while walking down the street trying to find souvenir for sikander’s family and friends. i didn’t know how much fun it would be idling there eating on the street… we found nice souvenir for sikander’s family and friends and left there to go to the city hall for ice skating.

we had to wait for ice skating until 9pm so we decided to watch a movie in the meanwhile. the time was not good for both movie and skating so we had to chose between movie and skating. we chose movie cuz watching movie in different cities has been our custom and i didn’t want to miss the chance. of course we have popcorn and softdrinks inside of the theater, but it is not as popular as canada. instead of popcorn, we have some other snacks like dried fishes… i thought sikander would never like dried fishes.. but really he is becoming accustomed to the snacks here. i thought it would be “ewwww” from his point of view but he said it was not bad at all.. he ate a lot of fish cakes (oden) with passion, a lot of dukbucki with crazy spice, and a lot of fried buns with love. oh, the movie we saw was “Vanity Fair”; i doubt if reese witherspoon was the right actress for it but overall it was enjoyable.

after movie it was over 10 pm at night. should we call it the end of the day.. nonononono, good thing comes at the last. both we were working so hard, especially sikander.. even when i was taking days off, he had to work like all day long. heh what the hell? he came all the way to canada and is still busy ? hyuuuu. but comming to korea from the opposite side of the world should compensate for any of his unsincreity and unattentiveness for now right ? i will forgive him for now hehe.

i booked a late night sports massage for us to ease our tensed muscle and sikander was sooo happy to go there. the place was open 24 hours but what if it is some perverted weird place.. what if we should take our clothes off.. hehe but i only relied on the word “sports”.. it is not just massage.. it is sports massage and sports is related with some healty stuff.. right? yes, it was totally unperverted and very relaxing… sikander and i lied on the beds next to each other. the massager kneaded my muscle like flour… ohhhhh so good. i heard sikander’s relaxing melting sound as well. if his massager was a woman i would be so pissed… but hold on… it was a man and he was still making melting sounds… oh no, i guess there is all the time some possibility we never expected…


there are so many other things i want to memorize forever. the super nice room of hotel queen, the fun we had in my friend’s place, sikander’s very good deal of new shirts and jeans in myeongdong, shack meet in s.korea (sikander, lunato and xphil), NANTA “Crazy beat” night, walking in seoul at night, the seoul tower, the main islam mosque in Itaewon, the numerous restaurants we visited, sikander picking me up at work, the subway rides, etc etc. i felt like i haven’t lived in korea cuz i hadn’t explored all the places before. kind of like sikander who never knew ottawa has such a nice bike path around the city before he met lunato.


sikander.. continuing with my birthday last year, you got me completely this year as well. you again ruined the rest of birthdays and somewhat ruined my reality as well. hmmm well, being so sad is not my job i guess. i am a project manager of my imaginery “the apprentice” from now. i achieve everyday goal like keep busy, meet friends more often, read more, eat healthy, sleep regulary, etc etc. my boss is watching me. internet will be his eyes and ears.

13 replies on “sikander in korea”

yeah, i noticed that you closed it yet again. but hey, i dont see how #2 ruins anything. don’t let anonymous people dictate your life so much :(

seoul is excellent. mornings we’re both working and then we meet around 7 or 8pm and enjoy the rest of the evening. will probably go to a movie tonight or just stay home and watch something. oh and transportation is so cheap. and food is excellent. fish cakes are probably the best snack ever!

anyhow, there’s a 14 hour difference between canada and korea. its night time for you while its day time for me :) good night

*uux: you closed your blog coz little ol’ anonymous me :( well you can have your comments moderated you know… and i think i added some life into that tumbleweeded blog of yours. what i meant to say – keep blogging. know that i don’t look down on your new hobbies. you had to take this path sooner or later(was i right or what, huh, huh?!?).

sik: i didn’t mean any disrespect before. those 3 are very lovely girls.

and wow, korea. i tried calling but the hotel keeps giving me a busy signal. well have fun over there.

yeah, korea.. i’m having an excellent time. work during the morning and then enjoy the evening and weekends :)

oh and i think i gave you the wrong area code. it should be 82-2 and then the hotel number. not 82-31

hi there. xphil here. :) it was so good to meet you guys and most of all, the first shackmeet evar!! haha.

i think you, sikander, should post this on the shack btw. hehe. i ran couple of shacksearches after you left seoul for your post about the stay in korea but it seemed you didn’t.

also, arrested development made gooooood times for me on the flight to the u.s. i got back from the biz trip last night and still suffering stupid jet lags. :(

oh and lunato, you’re always welcome to hit me with ‘engrish ‘ translation questions.

see ya!

i know i know .. today im going to make a shackmeet page only and post that. been delaying it for far too long.

and yes, the first south korean shackemet was very enjoyable… hey we made history !! :)

it took me 2, 3 days to get over the jet lag. travelling more than 12,000 km is quite taxing to the body.

you’re welcome for the “arrested development” dvd .. no problems. thanks for your present as well.. they’re quite useful !

sikander & heajoo,

when reading this post, i feel like it must have been wishful thinking, then imagine what happiness heajoo must’ve felt. i can’t share my happiness for both of you. i would like to see the two of you always be together and have many wonderful memories together. god will make it all work out :)

the pics are awesome… and heajoo’s narrative just immerses me into the actual situation.

congrats sikander on proving yourself beyond my imagination.

best wishes…

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